Doctoral Dissertations


"The ordered alloy CuAu is the fifty atomic per cent alloy in the copper-gold system. It was observed by Johansson and Linde(1) and was one of the first ordered alloys to be studied by x-ray diffraction methods(Z, 3). Two ordered superlattices of CuAu are observed. CuAu I exists below 380° C and has a tetragonal structure which is a slight distortion of the face- centered cubic. It is very highly ordered, with all copper and all gold atoms in alternate (002) planes, as shown in Figure 2. CuAu II, which exists between 380° and 415° C, is orthorhombic in structure(4) and is less highly ordered, as it has anti-phase boundaries at five-cell intervals.

The alloys have been studied during the past forty years, but have generally been treated from an order-disorder or statistical viewpoint(5,6). With the advent of digital computers, direct calculations of electronic wave functions, with the atoms in their correct positions, have become practical, and it is possible to study the highly ordered alloy as the first step from a completely ordered pure metal toward disorder.

The chief purpose of cohesive energy calculations is to develop analytical methods which give a valid theoretical basis for cohesion, which explain why the ordered alloy has the observed crystal structure, and which give numerical results in agreement with the measured values. The distribution of electrons around the atoms is known only approximately in most crystal lattices, and cohesive energy calculations are very sensitive to the electron distribution assumed. The net cohesive energy depends chiefly upon the difference between two larger quantifies, the boundary energy of a valence electron, which promotes cohesion, and the Fermi energy, which opposes it. A calculation of correct values of cohesive energy indicates that the assumed electron distribution is correct.

In the present work, an analysis is made of the nature of binding in the pure metals and the alloy to provide a basis for calculating the energy of binding. The calculations are then made, using the best procedure for each part, and the results are compared with values obtained by experiment. It is found that when account is taken of cohesion from the d-electrons, using the tight-binding approximation, calculated cohesive energies for the pure metals copper and gold are nearer to the experimental values than in previous calculations, which gave too small results. The strong electron binding between unlike atoms also indicates why the alloy has a tetragonal structure while the pure metals are face-centered cubic"--Introduction, pages 1-2.


Lund, Louis H., 1919-1998



Degree Name

Ph. D. in Engineering Physics


Louis H. Lund, Dissertation Supervisor
Ph.D. in Engineering Physics, source 1874-1990 MSM-UMR Alumni Directory


University of Missouri at Rolla

Publication Date



v, 83 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 45-46).


© 1966 Richard W. Hannum, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

File Type




Subject Headings

Gold-copper alloys

Thesis Number

T 1858

Print OCLC #


Electronic OCLC #


Included in

Physics Commons